March 2, 2011 Library of Congress Seeks Applicants For David Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality

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Public Contact: Mary Lou Reker (202) 707-5027

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is accepting applications for the David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality, which offers a post-doctoral scholar an opportunity to conduct research on the impact of religion and spirituality on physical, mental and social health.

The fellowship is awarded for a period of up to 12 months at a stipend of $4,200 per month. Applications must be postmarked by Sunday, April 17. For an application form and additional information, visit

Made possible by a generous endowment from the International Center for the Integration of Health and Spirituality, the fellowship is named in honor of the center’s late founder, David B. Larson, an epidemiologist and psychiatrist, who focused on potentially relevant but understudied factors which might help in prevention, coping and recovering from illness. The fellowship is designed to continue Larson’s legacy of promoting meaningful, scholarly study of the important and increasingly interrelated fields of health and spirituality.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The fellowship will commence anytime after Sept. 1, 2011.

The Kluge Center was established in 2000 through an endowment of $60 million from John W. Kluge. Located in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, the center was created to bring together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For further information on the Kluge Center, visit

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